Lampung is set to host a festival in the Way Kambas National Park on Nov. 11-13 to promote the park and raise awareness of the need for nature conservation. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

Way Kambas Festival to Raise Awareness of Critically Endangered Sumatra Elephants


NOVEMBER 05, 2017

Jakarta. Lampung is set to host a festival in the Way Kambas National Park on Nov. 11-13 to promote the park and raise awareness of the need for nature conservation.

"We aim to provide best tourist attraction as well as to promote Was Kambas National Park and campaign for Sumatran elephant conservation," Lampung Tourism Agency head Budiharto said in a statement.

The three-day Way Kambas Festival will feature an elephant show, 10-kilometer run with elephants, photography exhibition, drawing and coloring for children, cycling inside the park, a showcase of local fruits, antique motorcycle parade, music performances and traditional dances.

Way Kambas National Park is a mix of swamp and lowland rainforest, which is home to critically endangered Sumatran elephants, tigers and rhinoceroses. The park established an elephant conservation center in the 1980s.

World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has estimated the Sumatran elephants population to be between 1,400 and 1,700 in 2016, a decrease of 1,000 from a 2007 estimate.